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Senior Software Systems Engineer

Custom research solutions projects

Title: Senior Software Systems Engineer

Salary Range: £45,000 – £57,000 per annum

Location: Granta Park, Cambridge CB21 6AL (limited hybrid working)

Job Type: Full Time / Permanent  

Functional Area: R&D – Physics & Engineering

Reports to: Group Leader – Software

Who are we? Sphere Fluidics is an established Life Science company which provides instruments and specialist consumables for the global pharmaceutical and academic research community. Built upon our Picodroplet microfluidic technology, we aim to ease the journey to discovery for single cell analysis and isolation.  

What’s our vision? To be the droplet microfluidic technology company for single cell analysis. 

What’s our mission? To find, analyse and isolate the most valuable cells with ease and speed. 

What’s our culture? We prioritize a culture that fosters care, collaboration, and self-expression. We believe in continuous learning and improvement and hold ourselves accountable for maintaining integrity at all times. It is our priority to build an inclusive environment that supports growth and empowers our employees to achieve their full potential and role model our employee values: 

  • We value and care for our people 
  • We innovate to create our future 
  • We collaborate and win together as a team 


What you’ll do 

You will work in a multi-disciplinary team, delivering top-quality software for our unique, life-science platforms. These combine complex microfluidic, optical, and mechanical assemblies along with reagents and bioassays to implement our Picodroplet technology and enable our customers to develop novel therapies in areas such as cancer and immune diseases. You should be enthusiastic with excellent team-working and communication skills. You will need to be flexible and self-motivated with a desire to succeed, whatever the challenge. 


Main Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Conduct Software Systems Engineering activities including requirements management, risk assessments and maintaining regulatory compliance 
  • Produce use cases, interfaces and other technical documentation 
  • Prepare for and execute design reviews within our design and development processes 
  • Manage verification, validation activities 


What we’re looking for 

Skills and Experience 

  • A degree level qualification in Physics, Engineering or equivalent 
  • Extensive experience developing software in industry, through the entire product lifecycle 
  • Recent experience defining, documenting and managing software requirements, and managing risks for complex products comprising software and hardware 
  • Experience developing software architectures for systems involving hardware 
  • Familiarity with software design and development processes and a good understanding of the necessary documentation and traceability required to develop top-quality, commercial software 
  • Good knowledge of with object-orientated programming languages, particularly C++ and C# 


  • Experience with medical devices or in an equivalent regulated industry 
  • Experience of products for life-sciences research and the underlying biological processes 
  • Experience with Agile management principles 
  • Familiarity with Azure DevOps 


Personal Attributes 

  • Highly self-motivated, with a drive towards continual improvement both individually and for the organization 
  • Meticulous and accurate with details and documentation 
  • Able to conduct technical communication fluently 
  • A keen eye for fault-finding 
  • Able to recognize ambiguity, inconsistencies and logical contradictions, and propose better solutions 
  • Appreciative of elegant coding solutions, high-quality technical work and time and cost constraints to find the best solution 
  • A team player, looking out for others and motivated by success for everyone 


The Benefits 

  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays 
  • Employee Share Options (EMI Scheme) 
  • Company pension scheme with Aviva (employer contributes 8%)  
  • 4x Life Insurance & Critical Illness Cover 
  • Private Medical Insurance with Vitality  
  • Health Cash Plan 
  • Group Income Protection  
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Cycle to Work scheme  
  • Learning & Development opportunities for career growth 
  • Long Service Bonus – up to 5 extra days holiday 
  • Recruitment referral scheme (£1,000) 
  • Flexible working hours to support work-life balance 


What’s Next? We will review your application and whilst we would love to get back to every applicant, it is not always possible. If you haven’t heard from us within 4 weeks, please note that your application has not been successful on this occasion.   


Sphere Fluidics strives to be an equal opportunities employer. Our policy is to recruit a diverse workforce and follow the guidelines of the Equality Act. 


We’d love to hear from you. To apply for this role, please e-mail your CV to: